April 16, 2009 - The Canadian Landscape and Nursery Association is inviting garden centres to set themselves apart from the competition and take part in the CNLA's 2009 Garden Centre Inspection Program.

Consumer spending expectations for Easter

Consumers in the U.S. are expected to spend 17 per cent less on flowers in all retail outlets this Easter.

Gardening, festivals among top household activities
Get out that gardening trowel this summer. At least that’s what the majority of Albertans will be doing with their recreational time in the upcoming months.
March 18, 2009 - Consumers are looking for information on environmentally friendly gardening and believe retailers are the source. This must be a golden opportunity for the garden retail market. Unfortunately, only 22 per cent of consumers trust salespeople and trust is a big area that retailers will need to work on to capture these sales.
WEB EXCLUSIVE Where do consumers go
for trust?

Consumers are looking for information on environmentally friendly gardening and believe retailers are the source.

Big trouble for big-box stores
Is the era of the big-box retailer over? Small is back in style, experts say, as shoppers tire of traipsing miles of warehouse aisles. The Toronto Star reports.
Farmers’ markets have become big business, thanks in part to the buy local and eco-friendly movements. A February report by Farmers’ Market Canada (FMC) reveals that across North America, farmers’ markets play a key role in selling agricultural products and have a purchasing power of 28 million shopper-visits, with an average of $32 for every visit. That’s a lot of apples when you consider the small price tags of the products sold in a farmers’ market. Are you thinking of expanding your garden centre to offer more produce and farmers' market-style products?

Concrete artist
shows her stuff
at Home and Garden Show

This petite powerhouse can dig in her garden for hours at a stretch, drag around her own weight in rock or earth, and pack a powerful artistic punch to boot.

How consumers shop differently today
Consumers are thinking different in today's economy. They are debating: What do I really want, versus what do I really need?
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Farmers' markets are big business
Farmers' Markets Canada (FMC) recently unveiled the results of the National Farmers' Market Impact Study 2009 Report. The study found that farmers' markets are growing in popularity as consumers seek a community shopping experience.

Customers who touch a product, buy it
If you hold it, you've probably bought it. Researchers have determined that we can develop an attachment to an item after touching it for as little as 30 seconds.

Confidence up slightly in post-budget environment
Although Canadians remain pessimistic, the latest results from TNS Canadian Facts’ Consumer Confidence Index shows that confidence improved in the wake of the federal stimulus budget.

Women plan to save more
in 2009

As the current economic situation continues to take its toll on everyone's pocketbook, Canadian women have more incentive this year to take charge of their financial future.

Retail sales fall 2.4 per cent in November
Retail sales fell 2.4 per cent in November to 34.9 billion dollars, the largest monthly decline since January 1998.

Shoppers torn on paying for bags

Else Pedersen likes making environmentally friendly choices. But when Loblaw Canada began charging customers 5 cents per plastic bag at its Toronto stores yesterday, Ms. Pedersen was perturbed. 

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